Mary B. Schreiner, Ph.D.

Mary Schreiner
Mary B. Schreiner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education and Special Education




Contact Information

112D Upland Center


Education Background

  • Bachelor of Science in Education through Slippery Rock University
  • Master of Education through Slippery Rock University
    • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities
  • Doctor of Philosophy through Penn State University
    • Special Education                        
  • Additional Certifications Earned through Penn State University:
    • Supervisor of Special Education                     
    • Elementary/Secondary Principal 


Research Areas in Publication and Presentation

  • Self-advocacy and self-determination among post-secondary students with disabilities
  • Effects of service learning and community connections on attitudes toward disability
  • Effective online course instruction in K-12 and post-secondary settings
  • Supervision in special education teacher preparation fieldwork
  • Teaching effectiveness including universal design for diverse college students
  • Infusing Franciscan identity and mission in the college setting
  • Disability rights and history as revealed through personal life stories


Courses Taught

SPE 110: Overview of Human Exceptionalities
SPE 345: Individuals Requiring Complex Support
SPE 335: Neurodiversity and Mental Health in Children
SPE 425: Legal and Professional Practices in Special Education
MED 505: Introduction to Special Needs Students
MED 515: Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
MED 535: Collaboration and Legal Issues for Special Educators
MED 542: Assessment and Instruction of Students with Developmental Disabilities
MED 671: Student Teaching Seminar in Special Education


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Mary Schreiner
My professional goal
is to foster excellence in education for students at all levels, through leadership in the dynamic and effective teacher preparation program offered at Alvernia University. ~ Dr. Mary Schreiner